Ai Sakonju, MD, 315 464-4243

Ai Sakonju, MD
Appointed 09/12/16
4061 Upstate Health Care Center
90 Presidential Plaza
Syracuse, NY 13202
315 464-4243

Current Appointments

Hospital Campus

  • Downtown

Clinical Section Affiliations

  • Neurology: Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatrics: Neurology


Education & Fellowships

  • Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2008, Neurophysiology
  • Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007, Pediatric Neurology
  • Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2002, Pediatrics
  • MD: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, 2001
  • BA: Cornell University, 1992, Biological Sciences

Clinical Interests

  • I evaluate and treat infants and children with developmental delay and weakness due to rare neuromuscular conditions including: muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, myasthenia gravis, neurotransmitter and other movement disorders, as well as common neurological conditions such as epilepsy.

Research Interests

  • My long-standing interest has been in the realm of spinal muscular atrophy as well as treatment of autoimmune neuromuscular conditions and rare genetic causes of movement disorders.

Specialties & Certification

  • Child Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN)
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery

Diseases & Conditions Treated

  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease (HMSN-1)
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine Headaches in Children
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)


  • Children


  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Nerve Conduction Study/Testing


  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN)
  • Child Neurology Society
  • American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

Current Hospital Privileges

  • Upstate University Hospital
  • Crouse Hospital

Languages Spoken (Other Than English)

  • Japanese
  • German


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